Nikon d3100

A modern day DSLR or compact system camera (CSC) is almost guaranteed to feature video capture in addition to its stills prowess. But with so much jargon out there and often very little information in manufacturer's specifications it can be tough to work out which is the best DSLR for video.

At the budget end of the market there are a whole host of DSLRs and CSCs available for under the £500 mark. But which DSLR or compact system camera should you choose for the best video capture?

In our guide we separate the interlaced 'i's from the progressive 'p's, break down movie frame rates, resolution, compression, focusing ability, audio options and connectivity to ensure you know the ins and outs of which camera will best match what you're looking for.

We've seen all these cameras individually and assessed them on their overall ability, but in this feature we'll be solely focused on each camera's movie capture abilities.